2010 Honda Civic LX 4DR 1.8 SOHC from North America


Solid economy sedan



General Comments:

I traded in my 2008/9 Focus AT/SES for this Civic, as it was on a 6 year finance deal, and I was about to be really upside down on the loan.

I didn't hate the Focus, but I did have some issues with it, such as the less than spectacular handling feel and the poorly spaced transmission ratios, and thankfully the Civic succeeded on improving both areas.

This little car feels quite nimble in the turns, and while it doesn't handle quite as well as my Milan that I had earlier, it's definitely a taut-er feel than the cushy Focus. This is with 16" steel wheels and A/S tires.

The transmission benefits from having an extra gear (5 speed auto vs. 4 speed), but unfortunately, as it seems is being done with most automatics nowadays to get CAFE points, the overdrive gear is simply too tall for the car, and unlike the Focus, there is no way to lock out 5th gear on the highway. Sure, you *could* put it in D3, but the engine is turning around 3800rpm at 55mph in 3rd, so that's not much of a solution.

As such, the little 1.8 is turning about 2050rpm @ 65mph in 5th, which means even moderate highway grades cause the annoying 5-4 shift just to maintain speed, or at best, a shift out of lockup. I suppose this is great if you live in a flat, open area, as it will allow you to cruise at high speeds without noise, but here in the Northeast US, it's just annoying.

Otherwise, the acceleration gears (1-3) are very well staged to make the small engine feel peppy, and around town, I can't say I really lust for more power. Engine pulls very nicely to the redline, downshifts are generally smooth.

Seats are much more supportive than the Focus, and I didn't find the two-level speedo/tach to be much of an adjustment at all. The radio in my LX though, is pretty awful --- the CD player refuses to read my mp3 discs, and the sound quality is pretty poor. Muddy bass and poor stereo imaging abound.

As for fit and finish, I don't get why the Honda gets brilliant marks from that certain consumer magazine, and the Focus gets trashed for it --- I really didn't notice any significant difference between the two in regards to trim and build quality. If anything, the Focus interior was more interesting and less drab (higher trim level (SES vs LX) of course, but they ended up being around the same price).

Overall, a good car with a couple of annoying issues.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2011

18th Jun 2012, 11:13

Thanks for giving a very fair and balanced review. The Civic is still an excellent car, but it is no longer way out front of other brands for quality or performance. I will consider one for my next car, along with a few others, including domestics.

2010 Honda Civic Si from North America


Get back to being a Civic, and stop trying to be a weird sports car

General Comments:

I am reviewing my friends new car, which I drove this past week. Obviously I don't have any information about reliability, given it is a brand new car and has no issues. His car is a two door model.


Pretty fun to drive.

Very responsive handling, and nice and easy to park.

Good on fuel.

Fairly quiet on the highway.


Looks SUPER lame. I mean, the 4 door model looks passably decent, but the two door is embarrassing to drive.

Bad stock stereo for a car this expensive.

The back seat has room for an overnight bag and a premature newborn. I wouldn't consider this car anything other than a roadster (the two door model that is).

$$$ - the car is way overpriced compared to comparable domestics. I expect to pay more for an import, but not like 50% more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th August, 2010

1st Oct 2010, 01:12

+1 good review.

I bought mine used 2 years old and saved about 8000+. It only had 27000kms on it. For a new car, definitely not worth it. Although I don't think it gets the greatest gas mileage! Even highway, the best I get is 26mpg. My friend's new '11 V6 Stang gets that, and has 2 more cyls and 108 more hp.